Much like the rest of her pop brethren, Taylor Swift saw the way that 2016 was panning out and opted not to release any new music. And her absence was truly felt as 2016 was a truly weak year for pop music (outside of Anti and Lemonade, please don’t come for me).
But just because Taylor Swift didn’t drop anything new in 2016, it doesn’t mean she truly went away. A global star of her caliber never truly drops out of the news cycle and Swift was more than happy to feed it, racking up accomplishments and stoking the rumor mill fires in equal measure. So, in honor of the 1989 singer’s 27th birthday, we’ve decided to take a look back on all the celebrations, haters doing their thing and Starbucks lovers that made Swift’s year.